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The Problem is Self-Righteousness

Reading Time: 2 minutes Everybody suffers from it…except me, of course.  Well, I sometimes get up on my high horse about gas-guzzling SUV’s, but that’s different.  I’m right, and I am just trying to help out all those poor deluded people who don’t get it.    Even when I ascend the pulpit and thunder, “Repent, ye wastrels!”  That’s not self-righteousness.  […]

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Biblical Inerrancy, Moral Relativism and Leviticus

Reading Time: 4 minutes In a recent online discussion, fundamentalist Christians were challenged to defend passages in the Book of Leviticus in the Old Testament (OT). The section in question details punishment for a number of ‘sins.’ The following is all from Leviticus: 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to […]

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Christianity and Homosexuality Part 1

Reading Time: 8 minutes I am writing a post in reaction to something about which I was talking with my Christian friend (let’s call him Colin). We were talking about homosexuality and his approach to it given his Christian background. Some points were interesting and some I fundamentally disagreed with. Here are his views:

As according to the Bible, homosexuality is wrong.

This morality is grounded in God.

He is not homophobic and detests that label as it automatically halts any further informed discussion.

People can have genetic or environmental variables which help to influence a persons likelihood to homosexuality.

However, to commit to a homosexual act is an act of free will, and thus falls within the moral sphere.

As a result, it is not necessarily the disposition of being homosexual which is wrong, but the decision to act upon it.

He has no ‘problem’ with homosexuals and has / has had homosexual friends.

Hopefully I am not building up a straw man of his position, but it does demand some serious unpicking.

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Old Testament Slavery—Not so Bad?

Reading Time: 3 minutes A recent podcast spent an hour responding to Dan Savage’s well-publicized public spanking of the Bible. The podcast says that Savage’s claim–that the Bible is “radically pro-slavery”–is hopelessly wrong, but the Bible itself disagrees.

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